The Axeman of New Orleans
The Axeman of New Orleans was a serial killer active in New Orleans, Louisiana (and surrounding communities, including Gretna, Louisiana), from May 1918 to October 1919. Press reports during the height of public panic about the killings mentioned similar murders as early as 1911, but recent researchers have called these reports into question . As the killer's pseudonym implies, the victims were attacked with an axe, which often belonged to the victims' themselves . The common thread connecting each proposed axeman murder, is the manner by which the crimes were committed. In most cases, the back door of a home was smashed, followed by an attack on one or more of the residents with either an axe or straight razor. The crimes were obviously not conducted as robberies, as the criminal never removed items from his victims' homes. The axe-man targeted a variety of victims, the majority of whom were Italian-American, leading many to believe that the crimes were racially motivated. Many media outlets sensationalized the quantity of Italian-American victims, going to far as to suspect Mafia involvement, despite the vast lack of evidence.
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